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Casa Majani, Mexico: An Unparalleled Paradise in the Riviera Nayarit

Casa Majani, Mexico: An Unparalleled Paradise in the Riviera Nayarit

LUXURY TRAVEL, MEXICO, VILLA & VACATION HOMES

I am neither the first nor will I be the last person to say that the only flaw attributed with a stay at Casa Majani is the inevitability of your departure. An intimate retreat located in the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, this magical villa will leave you with a truly memorable experience unlike any other. When I journeyed to the notoriously beautiful Riviera Nayarit, I knew to expect a luxurious stay with tauntingly gorgeous views and quality service-I had no idea that my visit would leave me nostalgic after a short four days, and that I would feel a longing and fondness for the place as if I had known it for years.

Arrival

Upon my arrival, I was quickly swooped up by the arranged VIP Vallarta Transportation driver. After a pleasant 40 minutes in the van, we were admitted to the main entrance of the Punta Mita development. Home to many different luxury resorts sported by celebrities and sometimes Mexico’s President, we passed through several security checkpoints before we finally reached Casa Majani.

Casa Majani Entrance Image by Casa Majani
Casa Majani Entrance Image by Casa Majani
Casa Majani Entrance
Casa Majani Entrance

Decor

Everything about the entrance to Casa Majani beckons you forwards, guiding you towards the incredible view of the Pacific. Different pathways sneak through the villa, incorporating water elements through fountains and decorative ponds. We were greeted with fresh scented towels to cool our faces before a smiling staff member placed a margarita into our hands and we began our tour of the villa. World-renowned architect and designer Manolo Mestre and Juan Collignon scrupulously planned every detail: the general manager informed us as we admired a surf board incorporated into the bar area that Manolo was unafraid of fussing over even the minutest features.

The pool at Casa Majani
The pool at Casa Majani
Comfortable lounges at the pool at Casa Majani
Comfortable lounges at the pool at Casa Majani

Accommodations

Each room was spacious but simple: natural elements of wood and stone coupled well with the odd colorful adornment. There are in total six ensuite bedrooms, five of which have beds facing a view taking up the breadth of a wall. This is intended to keep guests feeling in touch with nature; while inside, your view of the outdoors is never obstructed, even when you’re on the toilet! Fear not for your need for privacy, staff members know to avoid the areas in front of guest windows. There are blackout shades, a flat-screen TV, and an integrated sound system in every room.

The Tao Room at Casa Masaji
The Tao Room at Casa Masaji
Tao Bedroom View at Casa Majani
Tao Bedroom View at Casa Majani

I stayed in the Tao room, which was closest to the entrance and viewed the yoga studio across the way. There is both an indoor and, my personal favorite, an outdoor shower. The soaps and shampoos were scented with verveine from L’Occitane, known for its natural fragrances and traditional beauty products. I actually opted to use these over the products that I had brought with me.

Tao Bathroom at Casa Majani
Tao Bathroom at Casa Majani

Dining

Every meal at Casa Majani was enjoyed outdoors. Breakfast was usually held in the same shady spot outside of the kitchen and comprised of any drink you desired, an assortment of fruit, pancakes or waffles, and then a main dish. My particular favorite was a spicy but delicate mushroom omelet accompanied by fresh slices of avocado and the double chocolate chip pancakes.

Outdoor Dining Area at Casa Majani
Outdoor Dining Area at Casa Majani

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Lunches were accompanied by a delicious fruit-infused water that varied from day to day: hibiscus, tamarind, and passion fruit. Dinner was preceded with an outside cocktail hour that was perfect for viewing the sunset over the ocean. Each night felt like a special occasion: a table beautifully set with candles and detailed linens and a recommended wine list. Each dinner was so scrumptious that I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite, however, the traditional Mexican Mole and the red snapper deserve special mention. The general manager insists that the chefs prepare guests’ food the same way they would prepare it for themselves in the spirit of keeping traditional Mexican cuisine.

Casa Majani Red Snapper Dinner Plate
Casa Majani Red Snapper Dinner Plate
The dinner table at Casa Majani
The dinner table at Casa Majani

Excursions

We visited a charming nearby town called Sayulita. Brightly decorated with colorful art and murals, vendors selling their jewelry and quaint shops lined the streets all the way to the beach. We stopped for a snack on the shore at Don Pedro’s and were delighted by a delicious local, mildly-spicy dish made with shrimp called agua chile. We ended up ordering a second plate of agua chile after devouring the first. We also toured other luxury spots within the Punta Mita complex that graciously allow guests of Casa Majani to enjoy their residential beach clubs, such as the Kapuri and Mita.

The town of Sayulita Mexico
The town of Sayulita Mexico
Dreamcatchers being sold by local artist in the town of Sayulita
Dreamcatchers being sold by local artist in the town of Sayulita
Beach Club at Punta Mita
Beach Club at Punta Mita

A main attraction at the Riviera Nayarit is the Marietta Islands Biosphere Reserve. We rode a panga boat out to these beautiful islands located in the National Park where we snorkeled and received a paddle-boarding lesson! While difficult at first, once you get the hang of standing on the board it’s very rewarding: you can admire the famous blue-footed boobys and pristine waters while you paddle.

Panga Boat ride to the Marietta Islands Biosphere Reserve
Panga Boat ride to the Marietta Islands Biosphere Reserve
The Marietta Islands Biosphere Reserve
The Marietta Islands Biosphere Reserve

Tequila tasting and fiesta

On our second night, we took part in a tequila tasting before dinner. The general manager gave us five different tequilas to sample, from basic clear (blanco) tequilas, like Herradura, to more amber ones with an almost whisky flavor. We learned how these different tequilas are prepared and received a background on several big names, such as Don Julio.

Five different tequilas and a tomato chaser
Five different tequilas and a tomato chaser

As we left the building, we were surprised by a sound so distinct that it could not be mistaken: a full Mariachi band was standing by the pool, serenading us. They led us to the palapa, an outside area beneath a roof made of palm fronds, where we took our seats and they were joined by dancers in traditional costume. Ladies balanced objects on their heads while flaring their skirts, twisting and turning before they were joined by male dancers. At one point, several dancers extended us their hands and we joined the ensemble. The concluding event before dinner was the chance to hit a piñata, with or without a blindfold. It was explained to us that traditionally, piñatas have seven cones on them to resemble the seven deadly sins.

Mariachi Band and Dancers at Casa Majani
Mariachi Band and Dancers at Casa Majani

Yoga and Massage

A small gym, yoga room, and massage service contribute to guest wellness at Casa Majani. The massage service can be in any location you desire: I picked a spot beneath the trees next to the view of the ocean, so I could hear the waves during my massage. The yoga room has natural light streaming in from all directions, creating the illusion that we were stretching outside. The instructor led us through a session that both challenged my muscles and sense of balance while also relaxing my mind.

The Yoga Room Image by Casa Majani
The Yoga Room Image by Casa Majani

Incredible service

Never before has the interaction with staff members been so central to the enjoyment of one of my trips. When you arrive, they know you by name and have all of your dietary restrictions or preferences memorized; by the time you leave, you know which one of them is married and the name of their pets, and saying goodbye is surprisingly difficult. The staff at Casa Majani are part of the experience, the pinnacle of Mexican hospitality. One night, discussion at dinner sent us into the late hours, far later than servers are usually required to stay. It took us ten long minutes of vehemently insisting that our server return home to his wife before he finally agreed to leave us. Having an interactive relationship with the staff made my stay feel much more personal and unlike any previous resort experience: a home away from home.

At the pool at Casa Majani
At the pool at Casa Majani
Pool Area at Casa Majani
Pool Area at Casa Majani

Seasoned luxury travelers will have to agree: Casa Majani is paradise unprecedented. From the renowned sparkling waters to the slightest details, everything is planned to guarantee not just a luxurious experience, but an unforgettable one.

For Reservations email majani@omajani.com or call The Harlowe Group 954-345-4078

Disclaimer and Facts:  We were guest of Casa Majani, and you may have guessed that I really loved it.  Casa Majani has 6 bedrooms, and can accommodate 12 guest.   Prices range from $5,300-$13,300 a night.

About the author

Kate is a Neuro-Psychology student with a penchant for writing. Her travel-intensive lifestyle and love of trying new things give her a worldly perspective that she applies in her articles.

54 Comments

  1. Mandi
    November 11, 2016 at 5:06 pm
    Reply

    This looks absolutely amazing!

    • Kate Edelson
      November 14, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      It was even more amazing in person!

  2. Jenn
    November 11, 2016 at 5:32 pm
    Reply

    Amazing. Thanks for a great review – I love Mexico and this may just be the next place for us to visit.

    • Kate Edelson
      November 14, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you! You should absolutely check it out.

  3. Fabiola Rodriguez
    November 11, 2016 at 6:29 pm
    Reply

    Lovely post! Thanks for sharing one of the many wonderful things in Mexico!

    • Kate Edelson
      November 14, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Cheers!

  4. Ashley
    November 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm
    Reply

    This is amazing!!!!! Splendid!!!! Great work

    • Kate Edelson
      November 14, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you!

  5. Adam Doolittle
    November 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm
    Reply

    What a great looking and peaceful spot. The tequila tasting would have been a lot of fun 🙂

    • Kate Edelson
      November 14, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      The tequila tasting was a blast, one of the staff-members wore a large fake mustache for the whole night.

  6. Jennifer
    November 12, 2016 at 5:44 am
    Reply

    Casa Majani looks absolutely stunning! I love how they incorporated quintessential beach things like the surfboard in to the decor. And I personally use L’Occitane products, so I’m always pleased when the hotel offers them as the complimentary products in the rooms.
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    • Kate Edelson
      November 14, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      There were plenty of interesting details like the surfboard, all in all the decorations really added character. I actually kept a few bottles for myself!

  7. Sarah Ebner
    November 12, 2016 at 5:52 am
    Reply

    Wow, everything about this sounds fabulous, and a real place to be looked after and relax. Love the service, the views, the food, and the Mariachi band! Such a treat.

    • Kate Edelson
      November 15, 2016 at 12:00 am

      They didn’t tell us a Mariachi band was coming, it was such a sweet surprise!

  8. Indrani
    November 12, 2016 at 6:02 am
    Reply

    I liked the interiors the rooms and the Tao bathroom very much.
    The food spread too is mouthwatering! They pampered you well. 🙂
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    • Kate Edelson
      November 15, 2016 at 12:00 am

      They spoiled me!

  9. Debra Schroeder
    November 12, 2016 at 6:59 am
    Reply

    Wow doesn’t do Casa Majani justice. Thanks for the heads up about another fantastic lodging option in Mexico. Will definitely have to consider staying here when I visit Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

    • Kate Edelson
      November 15, 2016 at 12:14 am

      There are so many great things to see, you should check out Sayulita!

  10. Carol Colborn
    November 12, 2016 at 7:27 am
    Reply

    Am at Cabo Azul in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico right now. I can see the difference between this intimate Casa and our huge resort. But wherever it is we always love a stay in Mexico!

    • Kate Edelson
      December 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Mexico is one of my all-time favorite visits.

  11. Alice
    November 12, 2016 at 7:35 am
    Reply

    It looks like a very beautiful place to stay at. I love that they have a yoga room !

    • Kate Edelson
      December 9, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      It was gorgeous! And the instructor who comes in is very talented.

  12. Kate
    November 12, 2016 at 9:54 am
    Reply

    Wow. This looks amazing. Definitely in the Wishlist!

    • Kate Edelson
      December 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      It’s definitely one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever visited.

  13. Ola
    November 12, 2016 at 11:17 am
    Reply

    What a great post. Very informative. I love Mexico, (AND high end hotels) but haven’t been back in a while. I recently had been entertaining thoughts of returning. This gives me a lot to think about. Thanks. I’ll be sure to subscribe so I don’t missed your future posts.

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    • Kate Edelson
      December 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, the whole package was too incredible. Cheers!

  14. Travelling Tom
    November 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm
    Reply

    This does look absolutely amazing I have to admit! Surely it was quite pricey though? It certainly doesn’t look cheap!

    • Kate Edelson
      December 2, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      It is pricey, but worth every penny in my opinion. It was so different from other luxury trips, the staff at Majani are just above and beyond. They made me feel like I was visiting my home in Mexico.

  15. Lara Dunning
    November 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm
    Reply

    Tequilla tasting! Yes, please. Oh, and I would choose the mushroom omelet with avocado too. Very beautiful (and pricey) retreat. Love the views and style of the rooms.

    • Kate Edelson
      December 2, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      The general manager gave us a very thorough explanation of the process in making tequila. That omelette was out of this world, I definitely miss the cooking!

  16. Nisha
    November 12, 2016 at 9:09 pm
    Reply

    The resort looks luxurious and definitely a paradise. I am loving the colorful markets of Sayulita 🙂
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    • Kate Edelson
      December 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Sayulita also had a gorgeous beach and some veryyy tempting stores.

  17. Nic
    November 12, 2016 at 10:20 pm
    Reply

    At the minute we are cooped up in our hostel room waiting for a 27hr train to Chengdu, I so wish I could be there right now chilling out! But hey soon we will be seeing pandas so not all bad! Lovely review though and definitely somewhere we dream of staying one day.
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    • Kate Edelson
      December 2, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      A 27hr train sounds rough, I know I’d get restless. I’m sure you had an amazing trip though! I’d love to see some pandas.

  18. Vicki Louise
    November 13, 2016 at 1:51 am
    Reply

    What a stunning place! I’d never want to leave! Tequila tasting and L’Occitane products are the icing on the cake!
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    • Kate Edelson
      December 2, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      I love L’Occitane products as well, I stole a couple shampoos for myself 😉

  19. Meg Jerrard
    November 13, 2016 at 2:09 am
    Reply

    Really does sound (and look) like paradise!! I don’t know if I would want to leave the hotel for the excursions lol 😀 Love that meals are taken outdoors – I always love eating outside when the weather is nice. We recently visited Cancun as our first trip to Mexico, so will have to visit Riviera Nayarit when we go back for a second time.
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    • Kate Edelson
      November 13, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      It IS very tempting to spend the whole day by the pool. The weather was beautiful when I was there, hopefully you have a similar experience!

  20. Alina Popescu
    November 13, 2016 at 2:37 am
    Reply

    This really looks like paradise! The view from the bedroom was amazing and I loved the look of the yoga studio!
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    • Kate Edelson
      November 13, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      The architecture of Casa Majani incorporates as much natural light as possible, so the yoga room is mostly windows and sunshine!

  21. Kenny
    November 13, 2016 at 5:18 am
    Reply

    Mexico is an amazing place for a sunny vacation ~ I love the hotels with nice decor and it would be so relaxing lying on the round sofa and enjoy a cold drink looking out to the gorgeous view @knycx.journeying
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    • Kate Edelson
      November 13, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      It was definitely one of my favorite trips, cheers!

  22. Brianna
    November 13, 2016 at 9:57 am
    Reply

    This really does look like paradise! I love all the stone throughout the architecture. And the outdoor shower looks way cool!
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    • Kate Edelson
      November 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Such a gorgeous villa. The outside shower was a trip, I actually found a small red crab in it once!

  23. thetraveloguer@gmail.com
    November 13, 2016 at 10:22 am
    Reply

    I’m sold! I want to go to Casa Majani, it looks so beautiful, and the food sounds amazing. 🙂

    • Kate Edelson
      November 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      The food was out of this world, the Casa Majani chefs really know what they’re doing.

  24. Lisa
    November 13, 2016 at 10:45 am
    Reply

    Looks like a little piece of paradise. Would love to visit here. Nice hotels, great food and plenty to explore…what else do you need! Thanks for sharing.

    • Kate Edelson
      November 13, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Glad you liked it, the whole experience was just incredible.

  25. Elisa
    November 13, 2016 at 1:29 pm
    Reply

    What a beautiful life! Tequila, fiesta and nice beaches look very tempting but with those pools, outdoor shower and private garden it would be difficult to pull me out of the hotel!
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    • Kate Edelson
      November 13, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Exactly, I didn’t want to leave!

  26. Anita Hendrieka
    November 14, 2016 at 7:31 am
    Reply

    Mexico has come up on my newsfeed time and time again and I think it’s safe to say I am going to try to go to Mexico next year haha! This looks like an amazing place!

    • Kate Edelson
      December 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      You should definitely go, it’s worth the trip!

  27. Castaway with Crystal
    November 14, 2016 at 7:42 am
    Reply

    I love how in Mexico you can get such nice luxury for such little cost! Looks like a great place 🙂
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    • Kate Edelson
      December 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      It really is paradise.

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